Sunday, April 27, 2008

I Need a Good SharePoint Admin. What should I be looking for?

"SharePoint represents the first true class of products by Microsoft that completely blurs the line of Admin and Developer. [...] So when asked, by my customers how and what should I be looking for in an finding an administrator for SharePoint, my response is always STOP looking for an administrator and start searching for the NEXT GENERATION IT STAR that can code and administer your solution."

According to Technical Account Manager Gregory MacBeth from Microsoft.

Good to see more and more people are getting it.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Why business users should grab a copy of Microsoft’s new robotics toolkit

"Businesses have discovered that the Microsoft Robotics Studio includes technology that is suited for programming multicore, distributed systems. “In the Microsoft Robotics Studio, you see the new programming model we are creating at Microsoft,” Trower said.

Ultimately, Microsoft is planning to make CCR part of Visual Studio itself and possibly even part of the Common Language Runtime (CLR).

Tandy Trower: “We’re working with cloud-based services under (Chief Software Architect Ray) Ozzie and other teams inside Microsoft,” Trower said. “Half our time these days is in these (internal) integration efforts. We are talking to Microsoft about integrating into their (services) platforms.”

And this is just the beginning folks...

Read the article

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 CTP

Microsoft has released a CTP on the Robotics Studio, called the Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 CTP April: "Microsoft announces the first Community Technical Preview (CTP) of Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008. The preview contains a large number of new features and improvements including increased runtime performance, improved security management, support for distributed language integrated queries (LINQ), support for creating applications that run on multiple DSS nodes, and many new features in the Visual Simulation Environment."

Since I've just bought the book Programming Microsoft Robotics Studio by Sara Morgan from MS Press, I'll stick with the 1.5 refresh version for now.

It also looks like there is some progress made with extracting the DSS and CCR and incorporating them into other frameworks. I won't be surprised if these components find their way into the .NET Framework pretty soon.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Terminal Services, Silverlight, Microsoft Robotics Studio and Lego Mindstorms NXT

Narenda Wicaksono has made a video of  a nice mix-up between Terminal Services, Silverlight, Microsoft Robotics Studio and Lego Mindstorms NXT.

Oh and I passed 70-631 with flying colors today.

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Monday, April 07, 2008

Splitting TechEd US into two weeks stinks for SharePoint professionals

Andrew Connell, a MVP on MOSS, is not pleased with splitting TechEd into two weeks: "The problem I have with it is that you go to one of these major conferences, as an attendee, to get good exposure across the board. ...professionally I think it's a bad idea to separate the two because it almost tells devs/admins they don't need to know about the other's world. In some apps this might be true (for instance, I [possibly incorrectly] consider Exchange more in the admin/IT pro camp than I do in the dev camp), but for SharePoint it isn't. Even if you are a dev like me, you need to be aware of some concepts and how they work such as site collections and splitting up content databases or how admins view CAS and such. Admins need to understand how developers utilize CAS and deploy custom code."

I totally agree with him. Developers and IT Professionals should be working with each other. Especially with products like Sharepoint. There will always be a cross-over, and widening the gap is not the answer.

Besides going to the usual IT Pro events I also attend more development-centric events like MSDN Intracks and the upcoming DevDays, scheduled in May, including the Geek Night! I wonder if there will be someone from the team Coding4Fun, would like to have a chat with them. Anyone else going as well? Give me a ping!

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Access Fileserver Data via SharePoint

René Hézser has created a nice webpart to access fileservers from Sharepoint: "I guess everybody knows this scenario. You are with a customer or at home, and need a file from your company's fileserver very badly. What can you do? VPN is not possible, and you can't phone a colleague who can then send you the file via email because nobody is in the office. <SNIP> With [this] Webpart you can access files from e.g. your fileserver via SharePoint / Browser."

Haven't tried it out yet, but this looks very nice. I'm just wondering if you might need Service Principal Names (SPN) with AD delegation implemented if you're using Kerberos authentication.

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Phobot, the phobic robot - Building instructions

Looks like building instructions will be posted around April 5th. I can't wait to start building!

Phobot, the phobic robot

Update: The building instructions have been released.

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